We decided to spend the weekend at Sani Pass Backpackers which is right on the border of the pass so that we could drive up the next day. Our goal was to bird the area (what’s new?), but no matter what your motive is, you are guaranteed to boast an exciting day.
From there we followed the Mkomazana River, as the road wound itself past a number of waterfalls and through water crossings. With the current drought they were not as deep as in previous years.
Not far from the border post we stopped at a view site for a hot cup of coffee and snack. High on the hill above us was a Grey Grysbok staring at us before roaming into the distance.
It’s from here, that the road becomes exciting and at times heart-stopping.
(ok, I’m exaggerating now!!).
Ice Corner has a waterfall which freezes during the winter months. It’s spectacular to see. Reverse Corner was so named as in earlier years you could not drive past without reversing to get round. It has since been widened.
The landscape is bleak, dotted with sheep
The summit is totally different to Kwa Zulu Natal below. It is stark, barren, windswept and treeless. The landscape is bleak, dotted with a few sheep and sad, sometimes heavily loaded donkeys
Even if you are a non-birder the road is worth the drive. There is a small community of friendly people who welcome tourists. In general they are very poor and are grateful for the generosity of tourists who purchase curios made by the locals. After every trip I come home with a trinket.
Some folk are happy to be photographed, but they appreciate a monetary gift in return.
Click here for photos of the birds and animals found around Sani Pass
Meet the People of Sani Pass
Family Day on Top of Sani Pass
In 2012 we tackled Sani Pass in the middle of winter. The waterfalls were frozen and the summit covered in beautiful snow. A wonderful family day altogether.